UPDATE: (Tuesday, July 7, 2020)

Currently the grounds at The Kemp will be open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm. The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

We are open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

Josh Weathers coming to The Forum August 27!  Tickets online here: Sounds Of Speedway.

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

SUMMER CLASSES and CAMPS are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for all the latest news!

August 7th

Meet {some} of our staff!
Next week, we will be starting a series of "Who We Are & What We Do" for the Arts Council. So you can get to know us better and find out more about who does what within our organization!

In the meantime, we wanted to do a SHOUTOUT to our summer employee, Caleb Schroeder! He brought his enthusiasm each day and was always willing to help out when and wherever he could. We wish him luck in his Senior year at Windthorst High School!

From left to right:
Nancy Scott - Administrative Assistant
Caleb Schroeder - Summer Intern/ArtZeum Extraordinaire
Kristine Thueson - Programming Coordinator
Kristen Conrady - Development Coordinator
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August 7th

Now Showing in the NorthLight Gallery: Wichita Falls Art Association Member Exhibit

Take a peek at some of the amazing works from the WFAA member artists on display through September 26th! 45 local artists entered this juried show, featuring everything from sculpture to paintings to photography and even leatherwork.

Kemp Center for the Arts is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
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August 6th

What a fun and engaging project for all local kids to enjoy! Local artist, Brea'n Thompson will be creating a beautiful chalk artwork at Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas on Saturday, August 15th and you can follow along with her by watching the video on the WFMA page.

You can pick up your own FREE chalk kit to draw along with her at either the Kemp Center for the Arts or The Forum Wichita Falls too! Stop in and get creative.Arts on the Pavilion: Chalk Mural with Brea'n Thompson

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is being postponed for a few weeks. We will announce new dates soon. Keep your chalk ready!

#chalkart #artsonthepavilion #wfmamsutexas #wfcreates

Made possible by an Innovation Grant from the City of Wichita Falls, administered by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture and by these partners:

Wichita Falls Public Library
Boys and Girls Club, Central Office
Youth Opportunity Center
The Kemp Center for the Arts
River Bend Nature Center
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August 5th

We are thrilled to have Sounds of Speedway: Josh Weathers Live at The Forum coming up later this month on August 27th! Tickets are on sale now at https://bit.ly/2XrRw9h. BYOB!

*No reserved seating, but we will be accommodating our guests with appropriate social distancing so everyone can enjoy in a safe and clean environment."One" Live is up today! Go stream it now!!

https://open.spotify.com/album/7HgY1DZV251iCecBHqkNzZ?si=vs20_QZSSgqSRVHCgQSfCg
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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center open 7 days a week, providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning:
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
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April 15th

SAVE THE DATE! 🗓
The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit homeandgardenwf.org.
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Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their profile picture.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival ... See MoreSee Less

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their cover photo.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

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Cowboy True is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Cowboy True

August 4th

If your child entered the Cowboy True Poetry or Art contests this year, you can still stop by The Forum and enjoy their work in the window gallery by the entrance! We are inspired by their young talent and creativity.

Thank you to the sponsors of these contests, Capital Farm Credit and Texoma Community Credit Union!
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August 2nd

We cannot say THANK YOU enough to our wonderful Sponsors! We are grateful for your support and dedication to Cowboy True and appreciate you helping us make this {virtual} year a great success. ... See MoreSee Less

Cowboy True is at Cowboy True.
Cowboy True

August 1st

2020 Cowboy True is in the books!

We had a great time at the Forum this evening with Mike Blakely, David Holcomb, Whispers of Hope Horse Farm, Mike Hendren and many other friends. Thank you’s go out to everyone who volunteered, supported, donated, participated and attended our live viewings. See you again on March 2021!
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